Chief Minister Pema Khandu reviewed the North East festival, “Songs and Dances of the North East” to be organized by the department of tourism, government of Arunachal Pradesh at Mumbai on 27th August next.
The event is sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC), which is conceptualised and designed to bind together the diverse culture and heritage of the North East on a common platform and connect it with the rest of India. It is a platform to showcase the region’s rich diverse music, richness of cultures, colours of traditions and the sweet melodies of folklore.
CM asked the department not to leave any stone unturned to make the festival successful and also to ensure that all the north eastern states including Sikkim are equally represented in the event.
Tourism Secretary, Dr Joram Beda while briefing the preparation of the event through power point presentation to the Chief Minister informed that this is the second edition of the North East festival after the success of its first edition held in New Delhi, which was organized by the government of Meghalaya.
This festival will be replete with ethnic delicacies from the region, music and dance performances, which will have representation from all eight North Eastern states — Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur, he informed.
Popular folk dances such as Oki Soyim Dance of Nagaland, Cheraw dance of Mizoram, Wangala dance of Meghalaya, Cham dance of Sikkim, Lai Haraoba dance of Manipur, Hojagiri dance of Tripura and Bagurumba dance of Assam will perform in the festival. From Arunachal — Buya Dance of Nyishis, Peacock dance of Khamptis, Erap dance of Galos and Pakhu Ittu dance of Apatanis will be showcased.
Apart from folk dances, the best of North Eastern folk fusion and contemporary musical bands, arts and handicrafts will be exhibited at the festival. The festival is expected to witness the performance of Lou Majaw, Omak Komut Collective, The Vinyl Records, Takar Nabam, Taba Chake, Rida & The Musical Folks, Guru Rewben Mashangva, Mangka, Koloma, Dolly Das, Sofiyum and many more.
The festival with the theme, “Come, Experience the North East” which will be held in CIDCO Exhibition and Convention Hall, Vashi, Navi Mumbai as its venue would accommodate 6000 people and provide free entries to the audience.